I was a fan of The Eagles in college; I mean, “Hotel California” was in just about every dorm room. This song, though, “The Sad Café,” was unknown to me until I heard it on a compilation CD that was released in 1993. The last song on the disc, “The Sad Café,” is sung by country singer Lorrie Morgan. It reminded me a lot of a place in Switzerland, the Café du Chemin de Fer on the Route Arsenaux in Fribourg. This is a photograph of the proprietors of that café – Marcel and Marie. (1979)
That café is no longer in existence – in its place is an Indian restaurant.
“…now I look at the years gone by,
And wonder at the powers that be.
I don’t know why fortune smiles on some
And let’s the rest go free.”
I don’t know why, either. This past weekend I’ve thought a lot about the friends I made 35 years ago, some of the best friends I could ask for. Fortune has indeed smiled upon some of us, or all of us, because fortune is relative. Here’s the song: